Dating an antique pocket watch
Date your Gruen using Style Numbers, described in the article below.
Enter your Style Number in the box below to find your watch's date and additional Style Number information.
You are encouraged to read the article for important information about using Style Numbers.
Download Ver 4.0 of the free Windows program that provides date and other information given a Style Number.
This Annex will help you further decode the information stamped in your watch's case, such as case serial numbers, and teach you how to deal with some anomolies that may be tripping you up.
Now is a fantastic time to begin collecting Gruen watches.
Beginning in the mid 1990s, with the advent of e Bay and other online venues, collectors have been able to piece together additional dating information through the posting of individual vintage advertisements.
All of which has resulted in a greater refinement of the original "Cleves Chart." (And that effort continues.)The past two or three years have yielded more tools for collectors to work with, but the results of all these efforts have proven painstaking and piecemeal at best, as information and clues are scattered among a variety of paper publications and online resources, the latter of which must surely put the number of sources into the dozens if you count discussion websites.
Style Num Date0Download the Annex 1 to the Style Number Dating paper in PDF format.You want to match the date with the correct use of that date.Here are the 3 different dates that can be found on a Gruen watch.2.Yes, there are bits of information scattered here and there.Certainly, the movement dating chart developed by Gruen collector Charlie Cleves, of Bellevue, Ky., almost 30 years ago was a good start, and pointed many collectors in the general vicinity as far as dating a given specimen.